Tax Planning for Artists, Freelancers & Creative Businesses

What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? Is my art a business or a hobby? What is a Schedule C? How do I deduct my home studio? Why do freelancers have to pay taxes quarterly, and how do I do that? Has tax season got you asking yourself questions like these?

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. She will discuss the basic tax equation, self employment tax and the estimated quarterly tax system, audit concerns for the creative person, and other tax issues specifically relevant to artists and makers, followed by a question and answer period. Hannah provides an understanding of the full framework of the tax code, and where creators fit in, presented in a logical, approachable style. She gives an empowering vision to designers, artists and creative entrepreneurs on taking financial control of their careers. Join us for a creative-centered tax workshop that will be packed with useful information.


  • Managing self-employment as a creator
  • Money mindset/the artist stereotype
  • How taxes work in self-employment
  • Paying quarterly taxes
  • Understanding the Schedule C
  • Why artists get audited, and how to stay protected


$15 Members
$25 Nonmembers

Did you know AIGA Boston is run solely by volunteers? Your ticket helps support programming and ongoing initiatives for your design community, including speaker honorariums.

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All attending members will receive a free visual guide to tax deductions. This downloadable resource is designed as an easy visual reference for your ongoing bookkeeping.

Also, all attending members will automatically be entered into a raffle where one lucky winner will receive a 30 minute complimentary consultation with Hannah to help answer your tax questions.


Hannah Cole

Hannah Cole, Sunlight Tax Founder

Artist, Small Business Owner, and Enrolled Agent

Have you ever been flooded with shame while sitting across from an accountant?

Have you felt too embarrassed to ask or even formulate your questions? Maybe even doubted your own career as you watched someone who does not get your world or see the value and mission behind what you do look at you through the lens of your income?

That is not going to happen today.

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and mission-driven solopreneurs. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. Her specialty is communicating complex tax issues in a clear, creative-centered, empowering way. 

She founded her company, Sunlight Tax, with a mission to serve visionary people, just like you, who are self-employed, with relevant tax and financial education, so you can bring your unique vision to the world.

She’s helped tens of thousands of creative and mission-driven self-employed people skill up with accessible tax and money education through professional speaking engagements from Florida to Alaska, and on the Sunlight podcast

And she’s helped thousands of creative people organize for taxes, set up their businesses, and grow their “freedom funds” (or “F***-You Money”) through her program, Money Bootcamp. 

Hannah’s goal is to help you realize the full value of your vision in this world, and use your money as a tool (not an obstacle) to making that vision a reality.


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When & Where
Thu, Mar 21, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT